Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives

Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives

Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780814770207

Publisher: NYU Press


The nature of human security is changing globally: interstate conflict and even intrastate conflict may be diminishing worldwide, yet threats to individuals and communities persist. Large-scale violence by formal and informal armed forces intersects with interpersonal and domestic forms of violence in mutually reinforcing ways. This book takes a critical look at notions of human security and violence through a feminist lens, drawing on both theoretical perspectives and empirical examinations through case studies from a variety of contexts around the globe. It goes beyond existing feminist international relations engagements with security studies to identify not only limitations of the human security approach, but also possible synergies between feminist and human security approaches. The chapters analyze specific case studies from around the globe, ranging from post-conflict security in Croatia to the relationship between state policy and gender-based crime in the United States. Shifting the focus of the term “human security” from its defensive emphasis to a more proactive notion of peace, the book ultimately calls for addressing the structural issues that give rise to violence. A hard-hitting critique of the ways in which global inequalities are often overlooked by human security theorists, the book presents a much-needed intervention into the study of power relations throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Part One Retheorizing Human Security Through a Gender Lens

Part Two Case Studies of Gendered Violence in a Context of Broader Insecurities

6 A Struggle for Rites

Elizabeth Stites

Part Three Policy Considerations for Reducing Violence and Increasing Human Security

11 Integrating Gender into Human Security

Narda Henríquez And Christina Ewig

Part Four Conclusion